Archive for January, 2012
The Flavor of Hob Nob Chardonnay

The Flavor of Hob Nob Chardonnay

The last several weeks I’ve started off the flavor post with the description that the brand provided for the drink.  All the descriptions have taken a different approach.  However, I think the Hob Nob Chardonnay wins the award for the shortest, most succinct overview of the taste of their chardonnay…… Thoughts from the Brand On the bottle,...

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Introduction to Hob Nob Chardonnay

Introduction to Hob Nob Chardonnay

This week I’m focusing on Hob Nob Chardonnay.  At the store, I was immediately drawn to the clean sophistication of the label.  The black, silver and yellow work well together and I like the black on black tone in the label design.  I knew I was hooked as soon as I turned the bottle around and read the back label. I loved the definitions of Hob Nob….chumming...

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Jewelry Inspired by Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Jewelry Inspired by Blue Moon Brewing Co.

From a design perspective, this week took twists and turns that I never expected.  I’m really pleased with the TWO, yes two, collections that I ended up with.  I think I ended up with one collection that was an evolution from what I’ve done with Blue Moon bottle caps in the past and the other collection is more of a revolution using designs and...

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Blue Moon – The Backstory

Blue Moon – The Backstory

Illustration for Blue Moon by Shelly Bartek Digging into the backstory on Blue Moon, I quickly realized that there was a lot for me to learn about the brand.  From the initial comments I saw online with the reviews of Abbey Ale yesterday, I knew there was an interesting tension with this brand – brewed/owned by a large company, yet striving to have the...

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The Flavor of Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

The Flavor of Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

While I was finding it impossible to locate the elusive Winter Abbey Ale in my neck of the woods, I was thankful that a friend was able to scoop up a couple bottles for me!  So, my post is a day later than normal, but the review of the flavor is finally here. Thoughts from the Brand The Winter Abbey Ale is classified as a Dubbel and on the bottle, this is the...

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Introducing….Blue Moon

Introducing….Blue Moon

Sometimes, I pick the beer or wine and sometimes they pick me.  This week, I’m featuring Blue Moon and this is one of the brands that accidentally chose me. The Bottle Cap When I started making jewelry with bottle caps I was collecting them from a variety of places – restaurants, friends, etc.  The Blue Moon caps soon became a staple in my designs. The...

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Jewelry Inspired by Big House Wine

Jewelry Inspired by Big House Wine

After spending a week “in the Big House”, I’m really excited to highlight my designs inspired by the brand.  The Big House brand surprised me throughout the week in many ways….from causing me to select a screw cap wine at the store, to actually LIKING a wine with a screw cap, to captivating the marketer in me through their consistent...

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The Back Story – Big House Slammer Wine

The Back Story – Big House Slammer Wine

  When you arrive to the Big House website, it’s just like you’ve been dropped into the imagery from the bottle packaging……throughout the site, the prison theme is prominent.  I had so much fun exploring the website.  There is a lot to learn about this brand and the story behind the wines.  I’ve pulled a few of my favorite...

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The Flavor of Big House Slammer

The Flavor of Big House Slammer

The time has come to put The Slammer Syrah to the taste test.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m VERY skeptical of a wine with a screw on top.  The design of the bottle drew me in and I hope that the flavor will bring me back again. Thoughts From the Brand When I purchased The Slammer, I really liked the back of the bottle that carried the...

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Introduction to Big House Slammer

Introduction to Big House Slammer

This week, the focus is on Big House Wine.  Specifically, “The Slammer” Syrah.  I’ll start right off by saying that this selection took a bit of time at the store.  I noticed the bottle immediately and walked over to make this wine the quick choice.  Then, I noticed the top….there was a screw on top….uuugggghhhh. No Cork!! I...

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Jewelry Inspired by Vanilla Java Porter

Jewelry Inspired by Vanilla Java Porter

Wow! What an incredible design week I’ve had with the inspiration of Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter.  From the smooth coffee flavor of the porter to the interesting things I learned about the Atwater brand, my mind was full of ideas.  I think the element that stuck with me most as a point of inspiration was the blend of the 200 year old brewing...

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The Backstory – Atwater Brewery

The Backstory – Atwater Brewery

  To look for the backstory on Atwater, I headed right for the web – searching the brewery website and any articles I could round up in search.  I found a number of things that I think you might find interesting about this Detroit, Michigan brewery. Where Germany and Detroit Meet Atwater owner, Mark Reith, is a Michigan native who is determined to...

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The Flavor of Atwater Vanilla Java Porter

The Flavor of Atwater Vanilla Java Porter

Today, it’s time to shift focus over to the taste of the Vanilla Java Porter.  This blend is one of 9 primary beers produced by Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan.  As soon as I removed the bottle cap, I could smell the dark, chocolaty richness of this brew…… Thoughts From the Brand The original label of Vanilla Java had a great description: “A...

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Introduction to Atwater Vanilla Java

Introduction to Atwater Vanilla Java

  Over the holidays, I went out for drinks with a friend and she had a bottle of Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java.  I have used Atwater’s bottle caps before, but I was drawn to the Vanilla Java label.  I did my best to peel the label off (got about half of it) and took it home to see if I could figure out how to use the design in a jewelry piece. From...

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My name is Lori Sullivan. By day I'm a Marketing Strategist and by night I'm a Jewelry Designer. I also enjoy relaxing with family and friends with a great wine or beer. This blog is the place where my passions for drinks, design, memories and marketing mix.